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You’re doing wonderful work Caytlin. Do you have any other stories?

This is truly the first time I’ve gone forward with drawing my own story! In the past, I’ve worked with other writers.
I’m currently writing a comic for Abigail Starling to draw called Sugar and Sage, about a kitchen witch. I also have another comic waiting in the wings for after Tamberlane called Wartorn. But otherwise, not much else to show right now!

Thank you for your kind comment!

Now there’s Russian in there language!?
So much for a translation

…and to immediately patch that, here’s a rough (emphasize that word, as I am NOT trained in Russian) translation I cobbled together via some finagling with a printed Russian alphabet and a bit of Google:
-“Welcome to Nazca, Olenka”
-“Thanks, daddy.”

Hilariously, the only reason why it occurred to me that this actually means something is because I did something similar and had a mundane realization two seconds after reading it back~ XD

It took a little Google cleverness, but the Russian is “Welcome back, Olenka.” “Thanks, Daddy.”

No idea why he calls her Olenka.

It’s an affectuous nickname. Russians use a lot of diminutive names, which can be made-up on the go according to various methods depending on the relationship one has with the person who receives the nickname. A first name like “Sergeï” can have more than 25 commonly used diminutives ! But diminutives aren’t the only method, and “Olenka” is likely something like “little (female) deer”, or a variation around one aspect of her appearance or personnality.
Ask me again if you don’t need anything.

hi, i should of said this a lot sooner sorry i fail the little things a lot.

i met you in person at a con a bout a year n a half a go. and when i came up to your booth or was passing buy you beconed me to take a look at your comic we exchanged a couple pleasantry. i noted i read a lot of comics and that i had not heard of yours i thumbed over a book and said your art looked good. but rather then pushing me to buy you book you picked up of the hint i dont even recall dropping about being low on funds. you suggested i check out the comic on your web page for free. handed me a bissness card and smiled.

things there is no way you could of known was i was so low on funds i had 60$ left to last that day and the next of the con. yes i likely could of bought the book but then would of only had food $ left. i was looking but not buying. and it was refreshing not to feal bad about just looking as venders were fighting to sale there weres.

i think it was another 6 months befor i got a chance to look up the comic, but that bissness card was and still is sitting on my bed side dresser. time just slipped buy be for i got a chance to finally dive in to your lovely world.

i binge on things i read offen siting and reading for hours and if its good ill forgo sleeeing just to finish reading it, for webcomics this means i might stay up all night 6 to 8 hours reading 500-800 webcomic pages.

so about a year a go at this point i binge read them all and fell in love with the fuzzy fluffy loving and lovely world you offered up to us all.

i then lost that bissnesscard and for the life of me and google could not find your webcomic for a couple months. 4 or so… then i found the bisnesscard and made sure it went back to my dresser top and bookmarked the comic hahaha …. not going to lose it this time.

anyhow i now check it and read it as u post it and wanted to say thank you. i allways look forward to the next page. and while im still a pore popper i wanted to know your art is one of the many webcomics that fills the wealth of happyness i look forward to each day.

Are you washing your hands of the comments section? Because that would explain why I never got that Romanization last strip, so I don’t suppose there’s any point in asking for one here.

Lol on the last page it was actually translated in the transcript. Not on this page, guess Pixel Prism wants us to work for it this time.

золотце моё. zolotse moyo. it is for “my gold” literally, but suppose to sound cute. grandparents call kids like that sometimes, less often parents.. but you probably already know that)
will this story ever return to Belfry? i miss clumsy one))

So is “each other” actually one word in this world? Also, “pit tournament”?

Ok wow. I mean now its more odd that Tess is so hard on belfry for taking in a kit when SHE’S the one that did it before
And he thought it was a mistake to do it then… and told Belfry that he wouldn’t interfere with her ‘mistake’ now!?

Good god, almost seems like these two regretted adopting belfry

They did not -regret- adopting Belfry. They were just thinking how hard it was for them, and are worried about Belfry taking such a task on herself at such a young age. Tess and Walter had each other and were competent to support baby Belfry. “Adult” Belfry does not have a mate to help her (she does have Walter & Tess though), and is noticeably… inept. As much as she loves Tamberlane, it’s bound to be hard.

On the other hand, Belfry does seem to have rather come into her own since she adopted Tamberlane. I’ve noticed that she does not appear nearly as clumsy now that someone is depending on her to be more “competent”. 🙂

you didn’t answer what a pit tournament is. and you’d think the badger would understand about adopting a weird kid. i don’t like the badger mom.

My mother-in-law got married and pregnant at 16. She had it hard, mostly because the dad abused her(both physically and verbally) , almost never contributed financially, didn’t help with the kids and then up and left after they had 5 kids who were under 10. She ended up having 3 more kids later in her life. Her third daughter got pregnant at 16. She was livid, to say the least. She didn’t want her daughter to have my nephew- not because she didn’t understand but because she did. She knew how hard raising a child by yourself is. I think that Tess is the same way as the situation I described above. She did take on a kit when her and Walter were not ready, but Bel needed someone and they were entrusted to look after her. She bonded with Belfry just like Belfry bonded with Tam. The way I see it, she doesn’t want Belfry to endure all of the hardships she did while raising Belfry. However, I don’t agree with her treatment of Tam. She may not agree with Belfry keeping Tam, but she should be kind to the baby.

Interesting they have classes for animal types.

Thing I wonder is there seems to be an abundance of types of anthros around. Do they not have ape and monkey types?

Panel 4: Pretty sure that should be “Why /is/ your /tail/ so different?”

Not necessarily. If she’s talking about how the two of them have very different tails, the line fits.

Kined of an odd question but its been bugging me the lasf few pages. Is the golden corgi male or female lol?

Are we ever going to find out why they are feared, or will it never be explained due to Tamberlane being nearby? Whatever it is, it isn’t something a child should hear.

The reactions seem to indicate they’re carrying some kind of disease. Leprosy for example would fit in with the docking.

And I think the reason why nobody has explained anything to Tamberlane is simply because there hasn’t been any time to do so.

you only caught the mistake about the update delay the day before??

Hi There! This is Panda assistant. 🙂

Miscalculations happen sometimes, we are only human afterall. We were doing our calculations based on how many comic pages have already been completed, and I noticed the mistake once I went to schedule the comics to be posted for the week.

I’m recovering from major surgery, and since Caityln is feeling rather burnt out at the moment, our brains have been really fuzzy.

We really do apologize for the mistake, but I’m sure you understand that focusing on recovering from our medical stuff is foremost on our minds right now. Tamberlane will be back next week, we promise. 🙂

Thanks for your patience!

Woah WOah.

Up till now I thought that the reaction to those two was that those two are like scary people or something. like they have mob ties. that was why i thought people were avoiding them like the plague…

Now I think it might be that they think they are like LITERALLY avoiding them like the plague.

“we didn’t touch her” from the previous page. I thought that was a “we didn’t hurt her” sort of thing, but now i think it was literally about TOUCHING her, like it would infect her or something….

Am I onto something?

Their job probably comes with some adverse side effects. Like maybe they are zombie hunters and have developed an immunity to the zombie virus, yet still are carriers. Or perhaps it is because they are kinds of domestic breeds and have human cooties in their DNA. Or maybe they have bad hygiene and their scents rub off onto others easily. Occupation, species, classism, et cetera, take your pick.

Yeah, I think Follybrook might be something like a leper colony.

You did see last week, where they called WHERE THEY ARE NOW a ‘backwards hell hole’? Doesn’t suggest they come from a Leper colony to me.

I’m sorry, but that’s just a bad argument.

Her views on Treehollow have zero impact on the status of Follybrook.

For starters, Tagg could simply be a hypocrite and be more forgiving to one community than the other. Or maybe that statement was merely a reaction to the way she and Danger are being treated. Or maybe she considers Follybrook a “backwards hell hole” as well – maybe she and Danger were exiled there and originally came from a big city type of place.

I see where you’re coming from, but you really can’t draw any conclusions about Follybrook based on that statement.

Mx. Tagg? what does the Mx stand for? mix? is that a word that can be used for Gender Non-binary people?

Mx? really?

Poor Milo.

I bet they are the equivalent of trans people: people avoiding them as in a xenophobic society, unusual pronouns, cut tail, etc…

So. Milo’s living grumpily, Tagg’s living Dangerously and Danger’s living… Taggishly?

Is anyone else bothered by the fact they brought children, mostly Tamberlane, into a bar? Because I’m a little bothered by this unless either this place allows it as long as they are accompanied by an adult or this is an all ages bar.

Cannot help but notice the hand gesture in 3rd panel: the right-handed thumbs up being cradled in left hand.

This same gesture we saw two pages back when Tam was saying to Leon ‘l help!’ . Suggests that this is the Trissol sign for ‘help’ maybe?

Strangely enough l think we saw tam do this gesture to Parsley in pg 77. To which Parse responds that he doesnt know that one. Combining her excitement then with her use of it here…maybe she was asking for help back then? Help finding a translator perhaps?

Fist-to-head = calling self stupid
Alternatively, paw-to-head ‘salute’ (done by Parsley in pg…81 or so) = dont understand

Maybe l should compile a Trissol to English dictionary in my spare time from clues such as these

I’d say isolationist communities except for that Fox from a few weeks back who reacted to Tam because he ‘hadn’t been to town in a while’. So they’re not exactly locked gates…

Anyhow… From Fuffy mommy…

Since you fell into my life, my love
– or, rather, I fell into yours –
we’ve brought each other up, my love,
you’ve made me fight my flaws.
You have become my heart, my love,
my reason to get up;
even if we don’t know what you are, my love
not Kitten nor Kit nor Pup.
You’ve brought me new family, my love,
and helped others from their old shell
as they see you stumble, my love,
they try to help and make things well.
I’ll always be beside you, my love,
in everything you try and do.
The lessons we have learnt, my love,
will let us muddle through.
Through you, I have grown, my love,
as you have grown through us.
And all the things I’ve known, my love,
you’re worth a little fuss.
Through you I have strength, my love,
though I still can’t seem to fly;
I’ll always try to shine, my love;
A light to live life by.
I can’t imagine a life alone, my love,
and I hope I’ve made that plain;
you will always have my love,
my amazing Tamberlane.

I really want to know what the deal with Follybrook is because there are very few reasons I can imagine that justify the level of disrespect the Tagg and Danger seem to be getting. If nothing else it would seem their world isn’t just acceptance and tolerance all around, which is good for the story atleast.

this is taking foreverrrr. if there’s no payoff about this other place and why everyone hates them, it’s bad storytelling.

So we know the Envoy is from Folly brook and their only allowed in once a year. Also the locals don’t seem to like them very much. Granted one does look like a delinquent, but if it’s just because this envoy is from another town then there’s obviously a bigger and deeper issue here. 🤔

Enemies? No, can’t be. Why accept an envoy from hostile territory?

Some old Bad Blood maybe?

Tagg. Finger. Joints. Hospital.

*GASP* Not Abroad!!!

Is that worse than Follybrook?

As far as the audience is concerned – not a clue. All I’ve heard of it is Piper’s Dad boasting about how his ship sailed close to it, and Piper and her brother freaked out. “Why would you go there? You promised!” “You didn’t see any sea monsters?” So all we know is that it’s there, and it’s seen as a forbidden, dangerous place. In the next few pages we may find out why.

Under the normal definition of “abroad” then BLOODY DUH!! but “Abroad means something else to these folks than to us. and we STILL don’t know why its so scary or why people don’t care for follybrook.

I’m sensing Follybrook is about a clash between traditional and modern cultures, one so severe the two lands don’t wish to see or speak to each other. (Which, admittedly, is much more sensible than all-out war.)

Abroad? There’s nothing to go on. My wacky headcanon, however, says we MAY actually be looking at a post-apocalyptic world, and Abroad is where said apocalypse happened, which they’re aware of on some level.

After reading this page I’m getting the feeling to that this takes place In a post apocalyptic world to. You might be onto something which explains two things. 1 if abroad was the central location of whatever happens and there were a few humans that survived underground or something can explain were taken came from. 2 Follybrook may incorporate lost tech in there culture. Which the others consider taboo, this also works with Taggs statement a few pages back about this being a backwards hellhole to them.

That could be a big reason they don’t want to talk to Follybrook. Follybrook is visiting and messing around with Abroad against their neighbors’ wishes, and now that’s having consequences.

It’s looking more and more like the world once belonged to humans, they did something wicked bad and nearly wiped themselves out, but now they’re starting to come back…and IF that’s true, they’re already in Treehollow’s backyard, because there’s no way Tamberlane got there on her own.

But, as always, it could be elaborate misdirection…

Please, Tamberlane, ask them what “abroad” is

Yes, please, I don’t think we’ll find out otherwise.

The adults haven’t explained what Abroad is because everyone already knows. Saying something like “Abroad is a desert full of bones and mutated monsters” would be like saying “The sky is blue”. So someone who doesn’t know would have to ask about it to clue in the audience.

Or they could just tell her “Not now sweetie, when you’re older.”

So is Abroad a place, location, or somewhere beyond Treehallow? The way their phrasing it is a little unspecific?

It wouldn’t really hurt Claude if he just considered their theory instead of just straight up dismissing it as nothing. It’s the closest thing to any possible information he’s got in months. Stop being a stubborn old coyote acting as if they’re wasting your time when you’re really wasting theirs, act like a scientist and research this theory whether it’s true or not.

This page tells a lot about the world where Tamberlane is located and it makes me think about the world in general.
Though I am not sure about theory that this world belonged to Humans once, there would be evidence about that (fossilized remains, runs….etc).
What I am thinking about is that this world is parallel to Human world and as Humans curiosity knows no Limits, they may have done something on their end and both realms somehow linked (missing Creatures, quarantine….appearance of new species never seen before)…..Black Mesa anyone?

I’m not familiar with Black Mesa, but that would also describe Fringe. Good theory!

Black Mesa is a place where first Half Life took place, basically it was a Military Base in Nevada Desert that was repurposed to a Science Facility to study Exotic Matter…..well what happen when you put a lot of electricity trough Crystal you have no idea what it is made out of…….Good Case Scenario: Big Bang, Bad Case Scenario: You open hole to another universe…..and that is what happened.
Well if some of “Human Reality” slips into Tamberlane’s what worst can happen? (Now I imagined angry Human army ravaging a land)……ok maybe Tamberlane’s world is not so safe…..

If anyone hasn’t gotten the hint that the characters were straight up english despite the amount of english slang used, Tagg pretty much just flipped Oakewood off with two fingers; the british version of the middle finger. This entire world is like BBC where everyone is british no matter the race, or species in this occasion.

On my list of things I’d like to see an answer to in this comic, in reverse order: 1) Abroad? Where is it, exactly? Oakewood’s statement makes me think Abroad is another region (possibly another island) among the island(s) he refers to there. The name of the place makes things frustratingly vague, since “abroad” can be used in general to mean “outside of the country the speaker and listener are in”. Can we get a world map at some point? 2) Obviously Tamberlane is human, and therefore one would assume she is the product of a pair of humans, and one could assume that there /is/ a human population (somewhere)…but the plot basically revolves around the mystery in-world of her species and origins, which would indicate humans are an unknown. I’d like to see whether some of the other commenters are right and the world used to be populated by humans and isn’t so much anymore. 3) How Oakewood got those notches in his ears. It’s been bugging me. They don’t just happen like that. There /has/ to be a story there.

With Abroad being capitalized it’s clearly a specific place rather than a general ‘not here’. And a place treated with great suspicion.

Well, yes. I was just saying that from a writing standpoint choosing that word for the name of the location is a clever way to keep it mysterious. First time someone in the comic mentioned ‘Abroad’ (Tess, I believe, when Tamberlane was first found) I’d thought it was because Treehollow was an insular region/nation distrustful of the Outside World in general, making “Abroad” a general location of fear and mystery. That thought was in keeping with the next time the name was used, by the black cat guy (whose name is eluding me right now) to “scare his bairns”. Sure, it’s been capitalized this whole time, but up until now I’d thought that was the author trying to keep its nature mysterious to us readers the way it seems to be mysterious to the characters in-world.

Facts established: Treehollow and Follybrook are neighboring islands. Abroad is just one of many lands outside the islands.

Theory confirmed: Treehollow follows a more traditional culture, Follybrook follows a more progressive culture, and they do NOT like each other. Oakewood’s “Get that metal out of your face!” is oozing with contempt.

Wacky headcanon: If Tagg (and apparently other characters) are using British slang, and perhaps if Walter and Briar speak Russian, then “our islands” might be what once was the United Kingdom and Ireland. And Abroad might be what once was America, which could certainly be the epicenter of a cataclysmic event right now.

When was it established that they’re neighboring islands? Is there sommat you miss if you archive-binge the comic? Cos I don’t recall any characters explicitly laying down a geography lesson or showing us a map where this stuff is mentioned. I’m just wondering what I’ve not seen/read here that explained that all, cos it seems like I’m missing sommat

You’d think if nothing else, they’d run out of breath, or ruined their throats, by now. Just one NFL game sometimes gave me a rough voice by game’s end, and that’s without yelling for the whole game. These two have been going at it much longer, and constantly.

Maybe it should be Oakewood’s next scientific exploration: how they can go that strong for that long.

I appreciate the detail of their hackles raising! XD

It’s weird how Tess became pretty docile when she’s yelled at by her biological daughter yet not by Belfry.

Talking about biological relatives, I think we have only seen a maximum of two ‘species’ represented in one person. (Species may be a misnomer as they all appear to be capable of interbreeding, although it’s worth noting that early ancestors of modern humans interbred with neanderthals ).

Different anthropomorphic species in Tamberlane routinely have different dietary requirements which suggests that there are fundamental genetic differences between them. (Can bird / bat antro-species fly? I don’t remember either way). With humans the difference between ‘races’ are both superficial on the cosmetic level and the race labels used do not correspond at all well to the small genetic differences that actually exist. Tamberlane ‘species’ are probably more significant and accurately defined than that.

The question that comes to my mind is why anthro-species are so distinct despite existing in close proximity? There are two likely possibilities that come to mind:
* They have only been in close proximity for a short period of time. One or two hundred years at most. Before then they either did not exist, or lived in geographically separated locations (islands) or had strong societal differences between them (were at war).
* The animal characteristics of each ‘species’ originates from fundamental genetics. If you look at gender, most humans are either XX (and female) or XY (and male). Unusual variations exist, but do not get passed down to later generations genetically. So you could imagine that Walter could have DD (deer) genetics, Tess has BB (badger) genetics and Briar has BD (badger/deer) genetics. If this is the case then Belfry probably does not have a little bit of squirrel genetics expressing themselves in her makeup or she is one of the quirky unusual cases like XXY and XYY syndromes in human beings.

I had developed a setting once where the anthros could interbreed because it was just their phenotype that changed but the underlying genotype was actually pretty similar. Generally I worked it out so that the child of mixed parents would look like the mother’s species but carry over traits of the father like coloration, horns or antlers, or whatever. I suspect something similar is going on here.

it is sad and awesome when the only adult present is the youngest person there. Briar is taking this well in hand (paw?) I don’t think her threat to dunk them in the frying oil is idle. she has decided that this thing between belfry and “mum” has gone on way to long and has to end. NOW. she isn’t going to accept anything less then a start to negotiations to resolve this. she stated her case . “Mum” belfry has adopted Tam. period . you have a Grand-daughter. get used to it and help belfry deal with it. Belfry. ‘Mum” is much older and wiser then you . so stop being an I know everything ass and use her wisdom for your and tams benefit. . you will get along or I will hurt you both. we are all family and family looks out for family. stop being buttheads.